The entries in the ‘Stream’ are presented in chronological order with the newer entries being on top. Every entry belongs to a group of entries. Examples of groups are: ‘thoughts’, ‘quotes’, ‘my plans’, etc. In the ‘Filter’ you choose which groups of entries should be shown in the ‘Stream’. You can choose to show one group, several groups or all groups. The groups are editable.
Why I created this app
Anyway, recently I started to think, maybe it’s time for me to stop using paper journals altogether and switch to some journaling app. I found some apps in the AppStore but they were not exactly what I wanted. Too many bells and whistles. I wanted an app that would be as simple as a paper journal. Finally I came up with this idea of having just a stream of entries which you can filter.
My suggestions on how to use the journal
- Ideas (or thoughts). This is easy. Just record ideas that you come across during a day.
- Quotes. Record quotes. Preferably with a name of the author. Now, quotes are thoughts also. So, when you read your journal you can select ‘ideas/thoughts’ and ‘quotes’ groups simultaneously.
- My location. Every thought has time and location. The journal remembers the time of creation of each entry automatically, but it would also be useful to write down where you are at the time you get a good idea. You can do it right inside the entry where you store the idea itself, but I think it may be good to have a separate group for your locations. Whenever your location changes (like when you move to other city or maybe even when you get to your workplace or back home from work) you just make an entry in your ‘My location’ group. Now if you select ‘ideas’ and ‘My location’ groups at the same time, the entries from these two groups will be shown together and ordered chronologically so that you’ll be able to figure out where you were when this or that idea came to your head.
- My situation. In this group I suggest you write down your current situation in life. What problems you have. What bothers you. They say, if you write your problem down, it is half-solved already. And it’s going to be fun to read these entries later, when the problems in your journal no longer bother you in real life.
- My plans. Just write down steps you need to take to solve your problems. Now, again, it may be useful to read two groups at the same time: ‘My situation’ and ‘My plans’. So you can see your problems and solutions to them at the same time.
- Other groups might be Goals, Events, etc. I even have a Humour group which I use for writing down some jokes and other funny stuff.
As of today (March 2015) I’m only starting to really use my app. So, my suggestions are not based on my experience. Maybe later I will change them. What’s more interesting is that after you use the app for some time, you may come up with your own way of using it. When that happens, I would like to hear from you. Just give your suggestions in the comments below. Tell me what groups you have and how you use them. Your experience may be beneficial for many people.